Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How To Accessorize Your Wedding Dress

You probably thought that when you chose your wedding gown the hard part was over. Think again. While your wedding dress may be by far the most important item you need to get right on your wedding day, it doesn’t mean that everything that goes with it is no less important. You can spend endless hours choosing your wedding dress but ultimately if you accessorise it wrong your whole look may be spoiled.

When it comes to choosing your wedding jewelry, your shoes and anything else you’re planning on walking down the aisle in, it’s important to remember that your accessories should be an extension of your personality and the dress itself, not a distraction from them. You don’t want to overwhelm your dress.

Here’s some other important points to consider while accessorizing your wedding dress…

Match Your Necklace To Your Neckline

When accessorizing their wedding dress, most brides tend to think first of what necklace they’ll wear. If this sounds like you, take a minute to consider the fact that different necklines of dresses require different shaped necklaces to go with them. Here’s some examples…

Scoop-neck and V-neck dresses are great because they allow you to wear virtually any type of necklace, without spoiling your look. Delicate pendants, strings of pearls, embellished chokers, the choice is yours. If you’re wearing this style of dress however it’s advised you stay away from any neckwear that’s too chunky or heavy as this can easily overpower the delicacy of your dress.

Necklaces are best avoided if you’re wearing a halter and high-neck dress but that doesn’t mean you can’t compromise. If this is the style of your dress, you’d be better accessorizing it with a pair of statement earrings, thus not taking away from your beautiful gown or clashing with it but still adding a bit of sparkle.

Spaghetti-strap and strapless dresses give you the most freedom when it comes to choosing your neckwear. You can wear absolutely any type of necklace you please and it’s unlikely it will spoil your flawless look, just be sure to follow the other rules to follow…

Choosing The Color Of Your Jewelry

To keep your look consistent, it’s important that you stick to just one color of jewelry whether it’s gold, silver or rose. When choosing which color to go with, consider the color of your wedding band. It’s the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever wear so it makes sense that your other accessories should match in color, thus complimenting it instead of clashing with it.

Features First

Every bride wants to look flawless on her special day and one of the most effective ways to do this is by highlighting your best features with accessories. If your face is your best feature, be it because of your smile or your sparkling eyes, go for a pair of delicate yet eye-catching earrings.  Perhaps your bust is your best feature? If so, following your neckline as outlined above is a sure way to highlight your assists. 

Whatever feature you’d like to accentuate, you can do so by focussing on the piece of jewelry that sit’s closest to it. Be sure to choose something eye-catching yet petite so you won’t overpower the feature and you’ll find yourself looking dazzling.

Of course, every bride is different and will have her own unique, personal tastes when it comes to accessorizing her wedding gown and what suits some may not compliment others. When it comes to choosing the jewelry for your own special day, remember to be true to yourself. After all, it needs to feel right as well as look right when you’re wearing it. Take your time when choosing and enjoy it, you only get to do this once after all.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Do's And Don’ts For Planning An Outdoor Wedding

Romantic, beautiful, memorable and scenic - there’s no denying that an outdoor wedding captures all these traits and many more. If they’re organized right, outdoor weddings can be absolutely stunning. Imagine taking your vows before the glowing sunset or dancing beneath the stars, it really does make for a wonderful picture. If they’re organized wrong however, outdoor weddings can quickly turn from a dream to a nightmare so it’s important that you follow these simple dos and don’ts to ensure that all goes to plan and you get the celebrate the wedding of your dreams.

Don’t Forget To Decorate

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A big pro for outdoor weddings is that couples often save themselves a small fortune in decoration bills. Perhaps the venue has a picturesque mountain behind it or perhaps it’s a garden lined with flowers in bloom. While the venue may already look fabulous, it’s vital that you don’t forget to decorate however. While this may not mean the same as it would for an inside wedding, it’s still worth considering. Visit your venue a week before you wedding day to see if anything needs done. Do you need to line the trees with lights for nighttime? Are the flowers in bloom or starting to wilt and do you need more? Has the grass been mowed? Will the venue do this for you? These are all simple questions but make a big difference come your special day.

Don’t Forget Your Permit

If you’re to be wed in a public space such as a local park or beach, you should always contact your local authority to check if you’re allowed to do so and if you require a permit to go ahead. While you’re looking into these details, you should also ask about the rules concerning photography of the location, lighting fires and candles, bringing electric lighting and setting up marquees or tents.

Do Consider The Suns Position

It goes without saying that if you’re planning and outdoor wedding your keeping your fingers crossed for sunshine. A bright sunny day will allow you to snap some fabulous pictures and will make the day even more enjoyable for you and your guests. When you’re relying on the sun, you need to think about more than just the weather forecast however. It’s vital that you consider the suns position during your wedding. You don’t want your guests to be blinded by the sun so they can’t see you take your vows so seat them with their backs towards it.

Do Have A Bakup Plan

The most important thing to consider when planning an outdoor wedding is your backup plan. Firstly, make sure you have one. Consider all the things that could go wrong, namely the weather. What will you do in the case of rain or terribly strong winds. Make sure you have either a marquee you can set up for such an event or, if possible, ask whether your venue will allow you to celebrate indoors should the weather be adverse.

These dos and don’ts may be simple but all too often they’re overlooked in the stress of planning. Take just a minute to consider all of them and you’ll find your wedding is as memorable and perfect as ever.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Choosing The Perfect Honeymoon

With all the stress and excitement that comes with planning a wedding, no doubt when it’s over you and your other half will be looking forward to simply taking some time to yourselves and relaxing. What better way to do just that than to jet off on a fabulous honeymoon as Mr. and Mrs? In it’s own way, planning a honeymoon can be just a stressful as planning the wedding, especially you and your other half have different ideas on where to go and what to do. To help you choose your perfect honeymoon, here’s some ideas to get you thinking and some suggestions to make it the escape of a lifetime.

Go On An Adventure

by Whitney Coy
Okay, so this suggestion may not exactly help you unwind after all the stress of planning your big day but it will certainly make for an unforgettable honeymoon. What could be more exciting than starting off the adventure that is marriage by going on a real life adventure? You could do anything, there are so many amazing options out there. You could dare a safari through the plains for Kenya, hike to Machu Pichu or explore the great rain forests. Don’t be put off by the lack of relaxation these holidays provide either - just because you’re going on an adventure doesn’t mean you can’t have the best of both worlds. You can still stay each night in a luxury 5 star hotel before you set out each morning.

Hit The Beach

This is perhaps the most popular honeymoon choice for newly weds seeing as it allows
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them plenty of time to unwind, relax, soak up the sun and enjoy each others’ company. Hitting the beach means couples get to spend their first few weeks of married life walking on glorious white sands, swimming in aqua blue waters and soaking up the blissful heat. Greece, Mexico, Egypt, Australia - the choices are endless! And here’s a neat little tip: there are lots of hotels out there that cater for adults only so be sure to ask your travel agent to ensure you escape to absolute, quiet bliss.


It may not be the usual honeymoon, but lots of couples are choosing to escape to a fabulous city for a time to celebrate their marriage. Exploring a city for your honeymoon is a
great way for couple to soak up the culture, try some foreign foods, see some local wonders while adjusting the married life in style. A weekend city break can be relatively cheap, something many couples are looking for after the costs of the wedding are paid, so it’s a great option for newly weds. If you and your partner are city lovers, you might also consider purchasing a rail ticket that allows you to city-hop for a time too. It’s a great way to see more of the world while never leaving the convenience of a city behind.

Honeymoons really are a personal affair so, when choosing where to go, all that matters is what you and your partner would like to do and experience. And remember, your honeymoon is under no circumstance an ordinary vacation. You only get to do it once so make sure to indulge yourselves and enjoy every second of it.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Characteristics Of Tungsten Wedding Bands

More and more people are choosing tungsten as the material for their wedding rings. Indeed, it is becoming so popular that it is overtaking the more traditional gold material, and even the more modern materials like titanium or platinum. But just what is tungsten? What are its characteristics?

What Is Tungsten?

First of all, you must learn to understand the material that is tungsten.

"Tungsten Carbide is a warm gray-toned metal usually with a high polished finish. Tungsten Carbide is scratch resistant through normal wear and consistently looks new and polished throughout time. It is a heavy metal, more so than its Gold and Platinum counterparts. It is the hardest metal in the world that is used for jewelry."

It is stronger than any other material out there and it is also one of the most durable. Indeed, the only material that compares to it in terms of durability is a diamond. Added to this is the fact that it never loses its shine and this makes it incredibly popular for a wedding ring, in particular for men who often use their hands more than women.

How Strong Is Tungsten?

The key to tungsten is its strength and it really is unsurpassed.

"Tungsten rings are durable enough for every-day use and keep their original polish and luster for life. Tungsten carbide can only be scratched or damaged by extreme measures, like abrasion from diamonds or corundum."

It is for this reason that they are so popular. There is literally nothing you can do to cause scratches on the material of your ring. It will last a lifetime, and many people are choosing these rings because they can become family heirlooms over time. 

The Weight

A lot of people still choose titanium over tungsten due to the fact that titanium is so lightweight. Indeed, tungsten is not as light, but this doesn't mean you will have an unmanageable weight on your finger either.

"Tungsten is known for its weight. In many of its applications, the weight of tungsten is one of its more beneficial characteristics. Tungsten rings for men and tungsten wedding bands are no different."

At the same time, it is heavy enough to make you realize that you are wearing a ring. For some people, this is a drawback. For others, however, it is further testament to the sanctity of marriage, something that literally weighs heavily on their hearts and minds.


Tungsten is generally not hypoallergenic. This is due to the fact that they often include cobalt in the material. However, more and more jewelers are now choosing to use nickel instead, which has the same properties but is hypoallergenic. It is very important to speak to a jeweler and ask about whether cobalt or nickel is used. If they don't know, you can assume with some certainty that it will be cobalt, which means that you may not be able to wear it if you suffer from allergies.

The Price

Finally, one of the greatest characteristics of tungsten is the price. It is a much cheaper material than the traditional gold or platinum. Silver and titanium are generally not too expensive either, but tungsten tends to be the cheapest of the lot. This does not, by any means, mean that it is a cheap and tacky material, however. Indeed, tungsten is absolutely beautiful in its shine, and as technology progresses, various other inlays and insets can be added to make it even more beautiful. For instance, if you want something that is both completely unique and completely affordable, you could choose a tungsten and ceramic ring. Very few others will have something like this.